TORONTO, ONTARIO. - March 2, 2009 - The Coca-Cola system in Canada - Coca-Cola Ltd. (CCL) and Coca-Cola Bottling Company (CCB) - has issued its first, joint Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability (CRS) Report. The report can be accessed by visiting www.cocacola.ca/corporate_responsibility_report.htm.
"The Coca-Cola system in Canada is committed to embedding Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability into every aspect of our business," said Nikos Koumettis, President, Coca-Cola Ltd. "This report details our progress, and outlines the long-term goals that guide our journey."
"Our commitment to Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability is grounded in operational reality," said Kevin Warren, President, Coca-Cola Bottling Company. "Within these challenging economic times our CRS efforts will help to capture operational efficiencies, drive effectiveness and eliminate waste while reducing our environmental footprint."
The report is a comprehensive look at both companies' operations in Canada, and details progress and plans in five strategic CRS focus areas: Water Stewardship, Sustainable Packaging/Recycling, Energy Conservation/Climate Change, Product Portfolio/Well-being, and Diverse and Inclusive Culture. The report follows the G3 guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and focuses on workplace, marketplace, environment and community.
The Coca-Cola system in Canada has established a goal and targets for each of its five strategic CRS focus areas, including:
Highlights of the report include:
- Water Stewardship: Establish a water sustainable operation in which we use one liter of water for every liter of product we produce - what we call water neutrality.
- Sustainable Packaging/Recycling: Maximize our use of renewable, reusable, and recyclable resources, ultimately recycling the equivalent of 100 percent of our packaging.
- Energy Conservation/Climate Change: Reduce carbon emissions in our manufacturing, fleet, sales and marketing equipment, and facilities.
- Product Portfolio/Well-Being: Offer every consumer the right product and package in the right place, at the right moment, in the right way.
- Diverse and Inclusive Culture: Establish a diverse, winning, and inclusive culture.
- Introducing 22 heavy-duty, hybrid electric delivery trucks to CCB's Canadian fleet - and the first in Canada - with improved fuel efficiency of 32% and less noise and emissions when stopped in traffic.
- Reducing CCB's water usage by more than 20% between 2005-2007, using 1.69 litres of water to produce one litre of beverage.
- Avoiding the use of 835 metric tons of packaging through initiatives such as reducing the weight of Dasani PET bottles and using a first-of-its-kind, shorter closure on PET bottles.
- Launching Supplier Guiding Principles, which detail expectations of suppliers with regard to labour standards, workplace health and safety, business integrity, and environmental practices.
- Receiving five Supplier Awards and Recognitions in 2007 and 2008.
- Improving CCB's electrical use ratio by 13% in 2007.
- Investing more than $1.5 million locally through programs, sponsorships, and in-kind and charitable contributions in 2007.
The Coca-Cola system in Canada will continue to work to improve reporting capabilities and data-gathering systems, and is committed to developing greater transparency in reporting and improving the quality and quantity of the data reported.
About the Coca-Cola system in Canada:
The Coca-Cola Company is the world's largest beverage company. In Canada, the Company is represented by its subsidiary, Coca-Cola Ltd. (CCL). CCL markets three of Canada's top non-alcoholic sparkling beverage brands: Coca-Cola, Diet Coke and Sprite. In addition, it is the largest juice and juice drink company with Minute Maid, Five Alive, Fuze and Fruitopia, and the leading ready to drink tea producer with Nestea. The Company also markets DASANI, PowerAde, vitaminwater and other hot and cold beverages.
Coca-Cola Bottling Company (CCB)
is the primary Canadian bottler responsible for manufacturing, sales and distribution of most Coca-Cola brands in Canada. CCB is an indirect, wholly-owned division of Coca-Cola Enterprises, the world's largest Coca-Cola bottler, and operates in all ten provinces and employs 5,500 associates in 65 facilities across Canada.